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Dot. in Bethesda

After the disappointment of the red tape delays getting Abu Baga over from Paris, we’re delighted that Dot. has stepped in. Now living in Bangor and studying Music and Creative Writing at the uni, Aditi Saigal or Dot. is an Indian indie musician with a loyal YouTube following. See this video of her debut tour in India with the audience singing along… we’re really excited for the concert in Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda on 16 June!

A bit more about Dot. …

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Abou Baga – East African Singer-Songwriter Plays North Wales

Unfortunately we’ve had to postpone the Abu Baga gig, we hope he can come over soon. However the show must go on! Banda Bacana will play, with special guest Dot – same time same place! Neuadd Ogwen on 16th June.

Abou Baga began his musical journey on the Comoro Islands off the coast of East Africa, where he sang and played traditional Swahili music. Since 2005 he has been living in Paris where he is a favourite on the African music scene, which is the best outside Africa, bringing together people from all over that continent. Continue reading

DRAIG BEATS Saturday 09 June

 DRAIG BEATS: Seckou Keita, Drymbago, Banda Bacana, Yukatan, Geraint Lovgreen, Hedge Gods, Mouton, Bloco Swn, Batala, & more… in Bangor at Treborth Botanic Garden

All the acts, DJs, workshops and staff have kindly offered their skills for free, all profits from the food and bars and 100% of ALL ticket sales will be going directly to the Sophie Williams Trust, so please join us for a great day out at Trebborth Botanical Gardens (the site of the wonderful Botanical Beats) and help us raise as much money as possible!
More info and tickets from neuaddogwen.com and draigbeats.wales

Donate to the Sophie Williams Trust on Just Giving

Noson gwych yn Neuadd Ogwen

What a great night at the New Years Eve Parti Noson Galan @ Neuadd Ogwen Bethesda! Banda Bacana shared the stage with Turnstone and DJ Fflyffilyfbybl, supported by a wonderful Bethesda crowd with their dancing shoes on. Big thanks to Dilwyn and all the staff at Neuadd Ogwen for all their hard work. And a special mention to Jon Lawrence for doing the PA, we’ve had some really good feedback on the sound.

Blywydden Newydd Dda! Happy New Year!

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New Album Update

The team have been beavering away behind the scenes with the recording and mixing of Banda Bacana’s new albums. Final mixes are scheduled for early 2018, and it’s sounding great already. Look forward to some new instruments being played and some great new songs. Watch this space for updates!

A New Year, A New You

Screen shot 2016-01-08 at 09.36.52Well done to everyone who made it to the boxing night regular at the Vic (…no… not that one) despite the horrendous weather and flooding. For those that missed the Jukes gig – and that includes one of the musicians stranded in Colwyn Bay – you may want cheer yourself up by coming to another wet and windy corner of Wales to see some of the Jukes musicians playing in the equally funky Banda Bacana. Continue reading

Squeezing the last out of the summer!

Polishing our brass, limbering up our vocal chords and yanking up the groove we’ve been lucky to play at some great local events this summer and some further afield. Thanks to Moel Siabod Cafe for inviting us back to another stomping North Wales reception, and to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the delightful Beathearder festival. Also in July we played at the Food Slam in Menai Bridge where we sampled some wonderful local grub and summer fizz!
Foodslam July 2015
See Gorau Môn – Best of Anglesey video featuring our Piropa!

… and on through August…

Banda Bacana will be at the Menai Seafood Festival this Saturday 22nd August, 8pm in the Boatyard next to Dylan’s – come and see us after the daytime events – Cooking demonstrations, local produce market, art and craft, music, and activities for kids – see more here: menaiseafoodfestival.com

At Copperfest on the bank holiday Saturday, Banda Bacana is playing at 7.0 with a great line up – more on the Copperfest website – music starts at 12 and goes on till 11.00.  See some great bands in a fab location!

Nepal Benefit

Sadly Debademba have had to cancel their tour because of illness but Neuadd Ogwen & Owen’s Gigs are carrying on with the evening as a Nepal benefit. The line-up is:

  • Banda Bacana
  • Bloco Swn
  • Mouton
  • Chris Jones
  • DJ Flyffi Lyf Bybl

Debademba in Bethesda – CANCELLED

debademba1196366Bringing some West African sunshine to Snowdonia, Debademba are guitarist Abdoulaye Traore and singer Mohamed Diaby. Playing their unique mix of Ethiopian sounds, Afro-funk, African salsa and blues with Spainish and Arabic influence.
The gig will be held at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda Supported by DJ Flyffi Lyf Bybl & BandaBacana

Weekend in the Studio: Sunday

We spent a productive weekend in Bryn Derwen Studio in the hands of the talented and lovely John Lawrence. We’ve got 15 rough tracks to play with. Next steps to be decided tonight in practice, but will include additional vocal harmonies, horns, percussion and hopefully some accordian.


Thanks to Cory for taking these fab photos.